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Blue Ice Star Flower

Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Blue Ice'

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Blue Ice Star Flower (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Blue Ice') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Blue Ice Star Flower flowers

Blue Ice Star Flower flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Ice Star Flower (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Blue Ice') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Blue Ice Star Flower in bloom

Blue Ice Star Flower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Ice Star Flower (Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Blue Ice') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Blue Ice Star Flower

Blue Ice Star Flower

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

This variety is more compact than the species with deeper blue flowers; lovely along borders or edges; an impressive statement in blue when massed

Ornamental Features

Blue Ice Star Flower has blue star-shaped flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early summer, which are interesting on close inspection. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves are light green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Ice Star Flower is an herbaceous perennial with a more or less rounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Ice Star Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Blue Ice Star Flower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

At Shelmerdine, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT" meaning that it is not recognized as winter-hardy in our Zone 3 climate. However, there is a possibility that it could survive winter. Regardless of whether it survives a winter or not, this plant is only warrantied until Nov. 1 of its season of purchase.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color 
Ornamental Features

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Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

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